Exploring the most suitable hair loss treatment options

Hair loss is one of the oldest documented health conditions of human race. Full head of hair has always been associated with sound health, youthfulness, good looks and virility. People have been searching for and developing various hair loss cures for ages in order to reverse their aging process. Despite that no ultimate cure for baldness exists yet today in the 21st century. There are some novel drugs and surgical techniques currently being developed and clinically tested that could soon replace the most powerful hair loss treatments we know today but in order to cure baldness for good we will most likely have to wait for another decade or two. The best we can do today is to slow down the balding process and regrow some hair lost recently and improve our looks by hair surgery or cosmetic techniques. There is nothing yet that could replenish all the hair we have lost. So if you find a product or therapy that promises to do that, no matter how much it costs and how long it takes to deliver results, you know you have been warned.

New Compound Discovery to Treat Stress-Related Hair loss

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A team of researches investigating how stress affects gastrointestinal functions have recently made an accidental discovery that might hold the key to treating some types of baldness. It seems they have found a chemical compound which promotes new hair growth by blocking a stress-related hormone that is believed to be associated with causing hair loss. They claim that a short-term treatment with this compound induces a long term hair growth in chronically stressed mice.

Bimatoprost - A Hair Loss Research to Watch

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Bimatoprost, a well known glaucoma treatment, which has been recently approved by the FDA for extending eye lashes after it proved to be able to promote their growth, thickness and make them darker, has also become of great interest to hair loss research. Now hair scientists are exploring the benefits of bimatoprost for its use in patients suffering from hair loss and the initial results look very positive. Although it may take years until we know how to best apply bimatoprost and its proper dosage for treating hair loss has been established it seems to be one of the most promising areas of hair loss research at the moment.

Zinc and Alopecia Areata

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Alopecia areata is the second most common form of hair loss in men and women, affecting about 2% of the population. It is believed to be an autoimmune disease but its exact mechanism is not known neither are its triggers. In some people the bald spot grows back and no treatment is necessary and in some nothing seems to help. One team of scientists have recently examined the serum levels of zinc, copper and magnesium as the lack of these three elements is often associated with hair loss. It was found out that the serum zinc levels were significantly decreased in alopecia areata patients whose disease was extensive, prolonged and resistant to any treatment, whereas serum copper and magnesium levels showed insignificant rise compared to controls.

Saw Palmetto's Effectiveness in Treating Hair Loss

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Saw palmetto is a small palm tree home to North America, which berries have been used for ages by Native Americans to treat urinary problems. Saw palmetto berries have been imported to Europe for about five decades now and used in numerous OTC remedies designed for treating prostate enlargement. However, with the invention of the true cause of male pattern baldness being the dihydrotestosterone’s (DHT) harmful effects on hair follicles, saw palmetto became highly valued as a potential remedy for hair loss. But are saw palmetto's hair regrowth properties really comparable to those of Propecia?

Spironolactone, a Little Known Treatment for Female Baldness

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Female hereditary baldness is not an uncommon condition as it affects about 25% of women at some stage in their lives. Unlike male pattern baldness, though having the same roots, it is more difficult to recognize in its early stage due to its diffuse balding pattern. And it is also more difficult to treat since women cannot use the men’s hair loss pill Propecia and they do not usually make suitable candidates for hair transplantation due to their diffuse balding pattern. Hence, the only effective medicinal treatment they can use is minoxidil (Rogaine for women). And that is usually not enough to halt their hair loss, let alone to reverse it.